Forming a Successful Funding Relationship

Sanctuaries and rescue centers involved in the care and conservation of wildlife are always in need of funding to continue their work, but that need alone does not make a funding request successful. What makes an organization stand out among the many applications that foundations receive?

In this hour long webinar we hear from several foundations that fund programs doing work globally. The discussion includes key considerations when making contact with a funder and submitting a proposal, the most common mistakes in applications and reporting, the kinds of strategic goals that funders look for when assessing a grant proposal, and considerations for having a successful ongoing funding relationship.

Presented by:

Melanie Anderson, Program Director, Animals, The Summerlee Foundation
Melanie serves as a program director, board member and vice president of the Summerlee Foundation. Through the Foundation, she has implemented and directed several strategic initiatives including the creation of the animal grantmaking database and developing and funding sustainable model programs to humanely address the dog and cat overpopulation crisis in Mexico. Melanie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and has served on several non-profit Boards including the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Animal Grantmakers, and the Mountain Lion Foundation of California.

Linda May, Captive Apes Program Director, Arcus Foundation
Arcus’ founding executive director, Linda was the first staff person at the Arcus Foundation, and helped establish the framework for the Foundation’s vision, grantmaking, and general operations. Currently, she is the senior program officer for the Great Apes Program, specializing in sanctuary support. Prior to joining Arcus, Linda worked in financial management and the insurance industry. She is particularly interested in the fight for social justice, compassion regarding the treatment of animals, and great ape sanctuary and conservation.

Kirvil Skinnarland, Trustee, Maria Norbury Foundation
Kirvil is the managing trustee of the Maria Norbury Foundation, a small private foundation dedicated to the protection of animals. In addition to the field of animal protection, Kirvil has worked in a management capacity on issues related to the environment, natural resource management, and energy. Kirvil has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington. She lives in eastern Washington with her husband, two dogs and two cats.

Forming a Successful Funding Relationship

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